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Cat Stevens — On The Road To Find Out
Album: Tea for the Tillerman
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Released: 1970
Length: 5:04
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well, I left my happy home
to see what I could find out.
I left my folk and friends
with the aim to clear my mind out.

Well I hit the rowdy road
and many kinds I met there,
many stories told me
of the way to get there, ooh.

So on and on I go,
the seconds tick the time out,
there's so much left to know,
and I'm on the road to findout, ooh.

Well in the end I'll know,
but on the way I wonder
through descending snow,
and through the frost and thunder,

I listen to the wind come howl,
telling me I have to hurry.
I listen to the robin's song
saying not to worry, ooh.

So on and on I go,
the seconds tick the time out,
there's so much left to know,
and I'm on the road to findout, ooh.

Then I found myself alone,
hoping someone would miss me.
Thinking about my home,
and the last woman to kiss me, kiss me.

But some times you have to moan
when nothing seems to suit yer,
but nevertheless you know
you've locked the door towards the future, ooh.

So on and on you go,
the seconds tick the time out.
There's so much left to know,
and I'm on the road to findout, ooh.

Then I found my head one day
when I wasn't even trying,
and here I have to say,
'cause there is no use in lying, lying.

Yes the answer lies within,
so why not take a look now,
kick out the devil's sin,
pick up, pick up a good book now, ooh.

Yes the answer lies within,
so why not take a look now
kick out the devil's sin,
and pick up, pick up a good book now, ooh
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 Droidac wrote:
Will always think of this...... 

 
Such a FANTASTIC film. Forgot about that ride - classic!
 Droidac wrote:
Will always think of this...... 

 

My favorite movie of all time and made me an instant Cat Stevens fan. Timeless!
 rhlrstn wrote:
Just really not a fan of CS's voice. Thin and reedy. Blech.
 
And you are Whiney and bitchy
Tim Minchin takes a very different tack in his analysis of the good book.
Just really not a fan of CS's voice. Thin and reedy. Blech.
This beautiful album resonates with me, apart from the music, because it always reminds me of my first love at 17....Missy from Chicago.
 DeemerDave wrote:
The less I hear from advocates for murder, the better. 
 
Oh grow the fuck up.
Will always think of this...... 

A Masterpiece. The whole album is next level. 
As a high school freshman, this album was the "making of a Hippie" . . the hair grew. Incredible piece of vinyl.
Pretty song, but it gets too preachy toward the end (for my taste).
Love the frequency of Cat tunes of late
 Steely_D wrote:
Cat Stevens had a style that was really unique: heartfelt, thoughtful, compassionate lyrics - with a gruff aggressive voice.

Same thing that Chrissy Hynde does, really.

This was such a great album. A big musical joy while growing up.
 
That is one way of describing his voice.  Loved his lyrics though.  Was never a fan of his singing.  Saw him play  in Rome in 1973.   Front row.
Wonderful,so many stories to tell........10        From Naugatuck Connecticut.       :o)   
Probably my favorite Cat album. He had so much to say.
Cat Stevens had a style that was really unique: heartfelt, thoughtful, compassionate lyrics - with a gruff aggressive voice.

Same thing that Chrissy Hynde does, really.

This was such a great album. A big musical joy while growing up.
 h8rhater wrote:

The less I hear from advocates for xenophobic h8, the better.

 
+1
Nick Drake was on the road to find out and found Gregory Issac Isakov in Amsterdam
 DeemerDave wrote:
The less I hear from advocates for murder, the better. 

 
The less I hear from advocates for xenophobic h8, the better.
A very strong album that influenced me immensely.
At least if you go by the amount of times I have listened to this as well as the emotions that it still evokes.    {#Meditate}
Thanks
Some rather accomplished fingerpicking and songwriting from a then 22 year old when the album was recorded.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

And let's not forget Kanye West.

 
I was just about to forget him and then I read your post.
{#Fire} 
The less I hear from advocates for murder, the better. 
 GrooVy wrote:
Really? We can't just hear a good song without going into some stupid Religion vs whatever tantrum below? 
 
when a person endorses another person's murder decree it's beyond religion
i don't care what book they got it out of 
whether it be the Jewish Old Testament,
Christian New Testament,
Islam's Quran
or Dr Seuss' Green Eggs And Ham
murder is murder says I am
My other half owned this LP and we wore it out in those snuggling evening days. Am I supposed to detest the man because he chose an alternate path, then recanted and wanted back onto the gravy train?
It was damn fine alternate music in those days and is not surpassed that frequently today.
Discard the story and let the music stand alone folks. 

That said, WTF? 
Conflicted? You bet.
No wonder Carly creamed her jeans for him in anticipation.

Incredible song ... a masterpiece, really.  The Tea for the Tillerman album speaks to me in a large way.

 
 kingart wrote:
"Far and away the worst person to ever live," you say.  
Perhaps. And I can certainly see why you'd say that. He is history's paramount Exhibit A for Psychotic Doofus Evil Genius. 
But Rod Steiger once said that "Stalin made Hitler look like a goddamn amateur."  Pogroms. Mass starvation. Summary executions. Putting a bunch of madmen in blank-check charge of Soviet state police and security. Making a pact with the Germans, and then deliberately failing to give his army nearly enough weapons to fight the ruthless Nazi invasion. All good ways to cause the death and murder of well more than 50 million people who live within your own borders.
 
And let's not forget Kanye West.
 rdo wrote:
If Hitler had recorded good music, I would listen to it... But I would still say that he was far and away the worst person to ever live.  Therefore I welcome the views of those who may not like the Stevens' music who complain about him being played here.  This is a legit viewpoint.   But I like his music so I am glad it gets played here.
 
"Far and away the worst person to ever live," you say.  
Perhaps. And I can certainly see why you'd say that. He is history's paramount Exhibit A for Psychotic Doofus Evil Genius. 
But Rod Steiger once said that "Stalin made Hitler look like a goddamn amateur."  Pogroms. Mass starvation. Summary executions. Putting a bunch of madmen in blank-check charge of Soviet state police and security. Making a pact with the Germans, and then deliberately failing to give his army nearly enough weapons to fight the ruthless Nazi invasion. All good ways to cause the death and murder of well more than 50 million people who live within your own borders. 

As for Cat Stevens: play more, RP. It's no secret why some wouldn't him played here. Play some Yusuf too. Cat's good music is often underrated, his conversion comments overblown or misquoted.   

 
Definite Cat-lover
Always amazing, hearing this — I was only 8 when it came out, but it filled the airways, living rooms, and church basements for years! 
What a great rhythm guitarist.

He had so much energy that he wore himself out touring.

I am glad he did not go the way of other young talents of his era.

He is a good example for us to consider. His American equivalent would be neil diamond.
 mcdonna wrote:
I hitchhiked cross country solo back in January 1973. This song and Wild World were my mantras. I can't imagine not loving this music, regardless of what Cat Stevens did after recording it.

Having said that, I looked up on Wikipedia and it seems that the controversy is overblown. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens#Salman_Rushdie_controversy I respect his right to believe differently from me.

 
Sorry you can't say what he said and then years later say "I was joking".  I dont' beleive that he is being truthful. If he really wants to repudiate it he can certainly be stronger than claiming it was a "joke" and claiming that it was edited improperly.  That just doesn't hold water.   Beleive what you want but I know that his weak denials don't mean much.
Sure the music is great but I can't support a guy that supports murder.

His music and everything he does should be boycotted just like all other people who spread hate.

I support freedom of speech and the right to play this music, but my opinion is that it should not be played becase it lends support to him personally and thereby supports directly and indirectly people who would (AND HAVE!) kill in the name of their religion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens'_comments_about_Salman_Rushdie 

 
There are few albums that stir up memories as strong as "Tea for the Tillerman".  It brings back all the senses, even smell!  For me "Ok Computer" may be the only other album that transports me back in time so thoroughly.
If Hitler had recorded good music, I would listen to it... But I would still say that he was far and away the worst person to ever live.  Therefore I welcome the views of those who may not like the Stevens' music who complain about him being played here.  This is a legit viewpoint.   But I like his music so I am glad it gets played here.
Listened to his albums start-to-finish many times during my teens.

Saw a documentary that showed concert footage of Cat Stephens back in the day.
He looked so uncomfortable performing -- he was not a natural showman.

Love this music, and he was so cute to dream on while listening, back in the prehistoric days of albums and album covers.

His music wedded to Harold and Maude, and so "for the ages."
 mcdonna wrote:
I hitchhiked cross country solo back in January 1973. This song and Wild World were my mantras. I can't imagine not loving this music, regardless of what Cat Stevens did after recording it.

Having said that, I looked up on Wikipedia and it seems that the controversy is overblown. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens#Salman_Rushdie_controversy I respect his right to believe differently from me.

 
Cool. In the spirit of life and learning. Which, is where you began it seems, fellow traveler.



 Stranglersfan wrote:
Beautiful Music!

 
Absolutely
I hitchhiked cross country solo back in January 1973. This song and Wild World were my mantras. I can't imagine not loving this music, regardless of what Cat Stevens did after recording it.

Having said that, I looked up on Wikipedia and it seems that the controversy is overblown. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens#Salman_Rushdie_controversy I respect his right to believe differently from me.
sounds  is good
 
my "beef" would be that the royalties for this go to Yusuf Islam, not Cat Stevens.


fredriley wrote:

There as some pretty bloodthirsty injunctions in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament with all that smiting and killing anyone worshipping "false idols" and whatnot. Should music by Judaists and Christians be banned from the station, do you think? Or do you perhaps think, on reflection, that a religious believer has much the same moral rights as the rest of us stiffs? I loathe all established religions with a fervour bordering on fanatical (NB: that is irony) but I'm happy to listen to music produced by godsquadders, and quite often enjoy it without judging the artist on extreme interpretations of her/his religion. Anyway, yer man produced this album before he got the beard, so what's the beef?
 


Excellent song from an excellent album. I won't mention his mental illness.
Been listening to this since I was about 8 years old....always reminds me of my Mom...she loves this album.  Glad she shared it with me.
I was 7 when my dad got this album.  Still sounds good!
Brilliant music from a brilliant album. Period.
 ferwoman wrote:
Bill G. just introduced this song as "by the artist formerly known as Yusuf Islam" and I thought, "am I missing something?" So I went to check it out, and I guess Bill is just having a yank on my chain right now. {#Lol}
 
It was a really good one. Confused me for about three seconds.
I  have enjoyed this album over the past 40 years indeed his best.
Bill G. just introduced this song as "by the artist formerly known as Yusuf Islam" and I thought, "am I missing something?" So I went to check it out, and I guess Bill is just having a yank on my chain right now. {#Lol}
Really? We can't just hear a good song without going into some stupid Religion vs whatever tantrum below? Come on! He said pick up the good book now. My vote is make that your good book of choice. He didn't say what book it has to be! Enough with world religions, making the world 1 crappy place to live. There is nothing about killing people like the posts below, in this song.

Breath! This is a good musician. Everyone has crazy thoughts sometimes. It's not like he is a politician killing people. Remember "W?" Besides, last time he tried to fly into America, His plane got turned around. The song title is "On The Road To Find Out"

Quick History lesson: Cat Stevens has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. He is working for peace. Where is the flaw with that?

What is wrong with letting this artist do just that? This is Cat's old classics and it's good. That is it. =)

 fredriley wrote:

There as some pretty bloodthirsty injunctions in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament with all that smiting and killing anyone worshipping "false idols" and whatnot. Should music by Judaists and Christians be banned from the station, do you think? Or do you perhaps think, on reflection, that a religious believer has much the same moral rights as the rest of us stiffs? I loathe all established religions with a fervour bordering on fanatical (NB: that is irony) but I'm happy to listen to music produced by godsquadders, and quite often enjoy it without judging the artist on extreme interpretations of her/his religion. Anyway, yer man produced this album before he got the beard, so what's the beef?
 

jihad NOW mostly...
{#Sleep}{#Puke}{#Sleep}
 Beclipsed wrote:
I never had a good book,never needed one. I don't wanna (can) justice the life of Cat Stevens,but its exciting to read the comments here.

Whatever,great great Movie with a perfect Soundtrack.
 

Haven't seen Harold and Maude in years. But the ending is what I thought of when this song came on....
From what I've seen and heard, Yusuf Islam is a man of peace - and a great singer/songwriter!
I like wild world by Cat Stevens
I love me some Cat Stevens, I don't care who he wants to kill!
 CamLwalk wrote:

The artist himself brought politics and theology into the equation when he said "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die."  Sorry, but if you want to kill people for writing a book you don't like...you're nobody to me.  Please Bill, don't play this guy's music anymore.

 
There as some pretty bloodthirsty injunctions in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament with all that smiting and killing anyone worshipping "false idols" and whatnot. Should music by Judaists and Christians be banned from the station, do you think? Or do you perhaps think, on reflection, that a religious believer has much the same moral rights as the rest of us stiffs? I loathe all established religions with a fervour bordering on fanatical (NB: that is irony) but I'm happy to listen to music produced by godsquadders, and quite often enjoy it without judging the artist on extreme interpretations of her/his religion. Anyway, yer man produced this album before he got the beard, so what's the beef?


That background chorus might as well rate second in annoying-ness after that crazy frog song..
Beautiful Music!
 jagdriver wrote:
I never need to hear Cat Stevens music again in my lifetime, thanks.
 

fail
I never need to hear Cat Stevens music again in my lifetime, thanks.
There is a busker in Kingston Ontario who does an amazing CSteve 
v. sad to hear his stuff playing on a JP Morgan Chase commercial
 lmic wrote:
Without a doubt one of the best pop albums ever recorded.
 
Maybe if "one of the best" means in the top 50%
Just watch out for the IEDs on that road.
I never had a good book,never needed one. I don't wanna (can) justice the life of Cat Stevens,but its exciting to read the comments here.

Whatever,great great Movie with a perfect Soundtrack.
 Droidac wrote:
H&M

 


philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  
   Xeric wrote:

Or fewer.

Stevens' religious experiences since have squat to do with what is one incredibly fine album.

 
{#Roflol}{#Notworthy}
 lmic wrote:
Without a doubt one of the best pop albums ever recorded.
 
Agreed. And the remastered version sounds amazing!
One of my favorite albums by Cat Stevens.  I finally got it on CD.  And this just reminded me that it's time to switch out the music in my vehicle's CD player again.  Now, where'd I put "Tea For the Tillerman"?! *scratches head in befuddlement*
Yusuf, Sufjan.  Sufjan, Yusuf.
 df1489 wrote:
Say what you will about him, but the music speaks for itself...I Love Cat Stevens and his music...
  You said it bro (or sis)!!!!!!!

Ah......this album reminds me of highschool when I didn't even know just how LONG the road to find out would be!  {#Meditate}


Say what you will about him, but the music speaks for itself...I Love Cat Stevens and his music...
Happy 62nd Cat!
 philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  
 
Or less.
 lmic wrote:
Without a doubt one of the best pop albums ever recorded.
 

Agreed.

Would have been interesting to see where his music would have taken him if not for the long time away from it.

 
Without a doubt one of the best pop albums ever recorded.
I have to say that I, too, played the grooves right off this album when it came out. I loved it, and can still sing every word of it! However, I'm now creeped out when I hear it because of the political dimension that the artist, himself, brought to his past works. That being said, who are we to censor artists and their art? That there is one slippery, damn slope and I'm not about to start that slide! I draw the line at hate speech and personal attacks, but this song contains none of that.

 
helgigermany wrote:

Okay, i did not know. I accept your comment!!

 


H&M

         {#Yes}   Great song writer.

I don't give a shit about his politics, good Cat is good Cat. 10

Great frelling album.  The whole thing.
do not want.

 CamLwalk wrote:

The artist himself brought politics and theology into the equation when he said "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die."  Sorry, but if you want to kill people for writing a book you don't like...you're nobody to me.  Please Bill, don't play this guy's music anymore.

 
Okay, i did not know. I accept your comment!!

 helgigermany wrote:

I totally agree! Why must we always go to the political or theological problems? Why cannot just hear a song and say. thats nice , or not!?

 
The artist himself brought politics and theology into the equation when he said "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die."  Sorry, but if you want to kill people for writing a book you don't like...you're nobody to me.  Please Bill, don't play this guy's music anymore.

1970- my first year of High School and this album came out. Played the grooves right off of it. We have all grown older and some of us a little wiser, but this album still speaks to the heart of the young seeker- on the road to find out. Thanks Bill!
 ugly wrote:
I'm sorry about how Cat stopped making this kind of sincerely touching and motivating music. This whole album is still one of about five I can't seem to live without. There is a ton of good music out there, and I don't blame him for living his life as he sees fit, but I believe this album will outlive anything else he has ever done.{#Dance}
 
I totally agree! Why must we always go to the political or theological problems? Why cannot just hear a song and say. thats nice , or not!?

Those years, i was singing all Cat Stevens Songs. But now...?? Havent heard them since a very long time, and still know the words!!
I boycott this.  Haven't listened to Stevens since he supported the fatwa against Salmon Rushde.  I'll turn it back on when the song is over.
So much left to know, Yusef.
 philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  Don't be fooled that each people refers to God in their own languages.

Second:  He told us in this song that he is "on the road to find out.  The answer lies within, so why not take a good look now...pick up the Good Book now..."  I think he found a perspective that works for him, each of us will if we look with honesty, integrity and humility.  And we will each have our own perspective.  As it is said, "All rivers lead to the same ocean."

Third:  as a result of his search, his music is transformed, and it is still good.  Very good.
 

Want to know how to make God laugh? 

Tell her your plans.
 bachbeet wrote:
"First and foremost: there IS only ONE GOD."

First and foremost, there is no god.  "God is a concept by which we measure our pain."  Or as Dawkins says, god is simply the result of worldwide infant indoctrination.

Having said all that, I still like Cat and his music.  I agree that it's a shame he was indoctrinated into thinking he had to stop making music.
 
Here Here and Huzah on those comments!!!!!!
 philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD. 
 
Or fewer.

Stevens' religious experiences since have squat to do with what is one incredibly fine album.

I'm sorry about how Cat stopped making this kind of sincerely touching and motivating music. This whole album is still one of about five I can't seem to live without. There is a ton of good music out there, and I don't blame him for living his life as he sees fit, but I believe this album will outlive anything else he has ever done.{#Dance}
Great album; Cat Stevens' best for sure.

"First and foremost: there IS only ONE GOD."

First and foremost, there is no god.  "God is a concept by which we measure our pain."  Or as Dawkins says, god is simply the result of worldwide infant indoctrination.

Having said all that, I still like Cat and his music.  I agree that it's a shame he was indoctrinated into thinking he had to stop making music.

Tea for the Tillerman is a major album from my formative years. Still means a great deal to me today.

This is why I love RP!{#Daisy}
 philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  Don't be fooled that each people refers to God in their own languages.

Second:  He told us in this song that he is "on the road to find out.  The answer lies within, so why not take a good look now...pick up the Good Book now..."  I think he found a perspective that works for him, each of us will if we look with honesty, integrity and humility.  And we will each have our own perspective.  As it is said, "All rivers lead to the same ocean."

Third:  as a result of his search, his music is transformed, and it is still good.  Very good.
 
Can we please stay off the religion kick for a while.
Thanks.

 fredriley wrote:

Yeah, and She's black and gay! Either that, or an astronaut ;-)

 
{#High-five}

definitive Cat
the answer lies within.....
 philbertr wrote:


First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  Don't be fooled that each people refers to God in their own languages.
 
Yeah, and She's black and gay! Either that, or an astronaut ;-)

 93vx800 wrote:


Back in the eighties I coached a XC ski team. On a way to a race they insisted on listening to Cat. Well, they all got so mellow that they finished dead last!

 
ah..you are correct!  Who's Next would have been a much better choice for a competitive ski trip!!!!!!!!!

 93vx800 wrote:


Back in the eighties I coached a XC ski team. On a way to a race they insisted on listening to Cat. Well, they all got so mellow that they finished dead last!

 

Don't blame Cat for those folks being a bunch of slackers. 

 basslice wrote:
Ole Cat had some decent stuff. Too bad his Allah told him to stop writing "evil" music. Seems like a lot of lost potential to me. At least we can hear the good old stuff he made.
 

First and foremost:  there IS only ONE GOD.  Don't be fooled that each people refers to God in their own languages.

Second:  He told us in this song that he is "on the road to find out.  The answer lies within, so why not take a good look now...pick up the Good Book now..."  I think he found a perspective that works for him, each of us will if we look with honesty, integrity and humility.  And we will each have our own perspective.  As it is said, "All rivers lead to the same ocean."

Third:  as a result of his search, his music is transformed, and it is still good.  Very good.
 cherinoel wrote:


And yet, I found a way to LOVE BOTH!!!
 

Back in the eighties I coached a XC ski team. On a way to a race they insisted on listening to Cat. Well, they all got so mellow that they finished dead last!

 93vx800 wrote:
Ugh!! Cat Stevens.

Back in the day my wife and her friends always wanted to hear this guy while I was clamoring for Who's Next!

Well, we are still together, so I guess we worked it out somehow.
 

And yet, I found a way to LOVE BOTH!!!
Ugh!! Cat Stevens.

Back in the day my wife and her friends always wanted to hear this guy while I was clamoring for Who's Next!

Well, we are still together, so I guess we worked it out somehow.
Wow, the last time I heard this was on vinyl.  I do miss the subtle hiss and crackle of a record under the needle.
Ah....in high school I was truly 'on the road to find out'.....
Lovely! 

 

...and that such the idea to take off one day all to pass in the RP Station only the songs that as much time closed in the trunk of RP Station....

have a nice day!

** 9 **



The most recent comment was dated 2003. Glad to see this song back in the rotation.
Ole Cat had some decent stuff. Too bad his Allah told him to stop writing \"evil\" music. Seems like a lot of lost potential to me. At least we can hear the good old stuff he made.
Originally Posted by pilgrim: meow
:lol: :clap:
Just got the CD of this. I had forgotton how much I enjoy this album!! And I know all the words!! :D pbm 8^)
where else but on RP - Thanx :clap:
Thank you! :bounce:
LOVE Cat Stevens! Got any Moonshadow?
An anthem to the authentic life of a human being. Cat\'s music is an absolute necessity for the soundtrack required for a thorough enjoyment of lifeon this whacked-out planet, (w/this whacked-out species!)